The verb imagine means to form mental pictures or ideas in your head. It is widely used in the English language to build various phrases and expressions. Here are commonly used 10 expressions with “imagine”:
Meaning: difficult to imagine
- People today can hardly imagine their lives without mobile phones.
- You’re so lazy. I can hardly imagine you getting up at 5 o’clock every morning.
Easy/difficult to imagine
Meaning: if something is easy to imagine, it is realistic; however, if it is difficult to imagine, it means the opposite – unrealistic.
- It is easy to imagine you two having a family. You’ve been together for a long time.
- It is difficult to imagine my life without my dog. It means so much to me.
Meaning: a belief or idea you have about something.
- I’ve always imagined that India is a magnificent country.
- Sara has always imagined herself being a teacher.
Be imagining things
Meaning: to falsely believe.
- Has someone just rung the bell, or am I imagining things?
- At first, I thought I was imagining things but then I realised the man was talking to himself.
Real or imagined
Meaning: whether something exists or not.
- Whether our son’s daughter is real or imagined, we should try to contact her.
- Difficulties, real or imagined, can be overcome by hard work.
Meaning: used for emphasizing.
- She won 10 million in a lottery. Can you imagine that!?
- People might live on other planets one day. Imagine that!
You can’t imagine!
Meaning: used to express disbelief or disappointment.
- You can’t imagine how boring the party was!
- David couldn’t imagine loving anyone else the way he loved his wife.
Imagine my surprise
Meaning: use it to express surprise.
- Imagine my surprise when I saw that article in the newspaper.
- You can’t imagine his surprise when he found his parents alive and well after the war.
Meaning: have a wrong idea about something.
- Peter naively imagined that preparing a five-course meal would be easy.
- Simon naively imagined that everything would be as it used to be before he moved abroad.
Maths: a number expressed in terms of the square root of a negative number.
By the way, don’t forget that the verb “imagine” is usually followed by the -ing form.
- Can you imagine yourself living in another country? (not
imagine to live)
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